Andrew Abernethy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Old Testament
On Faculty since 2014

Office: BGC 556
Phone: (630)752-5280


Ph.D., Theological Studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2012.

M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2006, summa cum laude.

B.A., Liberal Studies, Bethel College (IN), 2002, magna cum laude.

About Andrew Abernethy

After a season of rebellion in my late teens, I experienced God’s mercy in Christ in a radical way and transferred to a liberal arts Christian college. At Bethel College, a major surprise arose. Though I had thought the Bible was boring previously, I loved reading it and found it extremely life-giving, even the Old Testament. This developed into a calling to teach God’s word. This led me to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where I pursued an M.Div. Following a season of pastoral ministry, I returned to Trinity to work on a Ph.D. in Old Testament. For three and a half years, I was Lecturer in Old Testament at Ridley College (Melbourne), where I benefited greatly from teaching and living with fellow Christians in a cross-cultural and post-Christian context. At Wheaton College, I am excited to see students enjoy getting to know God more through the Old Testament and grow as faithful interpreters of Scripture. I also love seeing my Hebrew students have fun as they go through the painful, yet rewarding process of learning the language.    

My primary research area is the book of Isaiah, though Psalms, the Latter Prophets, biblical theology, and the topic of eating attract my attention too. A revised version of my dissertation will soon be published by Brill under the title Eating in Isaiah (Oct 2014). In that work, I utilize a synchronic-sequential approach to investigate how the everyday topic of food and drink operates in the book. Previously, I served as a co-editor and contributor to the book Isaiah and Imperial Context (2013) which is a collection of essays that utilize various methods to grapple with how empire and Isaiah intersect. Currently, I am working on a biblical theology of Isaiah for IVP’s New Studies in Biblical Theology series. This project draws upon the kingdom motif as a thematic entry point into the book’s message. Along with research on Isaiah, I have had several articles and essays published or accepted for publication on topics in Psalms, Jeremiah, and Old Testament theology. While I certainly benefit from historical backgrounds, my main interest has been in providing literary and theological readings of these Old Testament texts. 

My wife, Katie, is a professional violinist, and we have a spunky three-year-old daughter and a six-month-old daughter who is enduring many aggressive hugs and kisses from her older sister.  For fun, I like playing basketball and spending time with my family.

Courses Taught

  • Old Testament Literature
  • Hermeneutical and Biblical Interpretation
  • Hebrew Grammar


New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis: Abridged Edition. Edited by Andrew T. Abernethy and Jason Stanghelle. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, under contract.

Your Kingdom Come in Isaiah: A Theological-Thematic Approach to the Book of Isaiah. New Studies in Biblical Theology. Nottingham: IVP, under contract. 

Eating in Isaiah: Approaching Food and Drink in Isaiah’s Structure and Message. Biblical Interpretation Series 131. Leiden: Brill, 2014. 

Isaiah and Imperial Context: The Book of Isaiah in Times of Empire. Edited by Andrew T. Abernethy, Mark G. Brett, Tim Bulkeley, and Tim Meadowcroft. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2013.   

Essays and Articles

“God as Teacher in Psalms 25.” Vetus Testamentum (accepted; to be published in 2015).

“The People of God in Isaiah: Trembling at God’s Word.” Reflections 16–17 (2015): 27–36. [Festschrift for Eugene Carpenter]

 “‘Right Paths’ and/or ‘Paths of Righteousness’? Examining Psalm 23.3b within the Psalter.” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 39.3 (2015): 299–318.

 “Theological Patterning in Jeremiah: A Vital Word through an Ancient Book.” Bulletin for Biblical Research 24, no. 2 (2014): 149–61.

“Jonathan Edwards as Multi-Dimensional Bible Interpreter: A Case Study from Isaiah 40-55.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 56, no. 4 (2013): 815–30.

“Eating, Assyrian Imperialism, and God’s Kingdom in Isaiah.” Pages 35–50 in  Isaiah and Imperial Context:  The Book of Isaiah in the Times of Empire. Edited by Andrew Abernethy, Mark Brett, Tim Bulkeley, and Tim Meadowcroft.  Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2013.

“Spirit and Future: A Canonical Approach.” Pages 321–45 in Presence, Power and Promise: The Role of the Spirit of God in the Old Testament. Edited by David G. Firth and Paul D. Wegner. Nottingham: Apollos, 2011. With Willem A. VanGemeren.

Book Reviews

Review of Oh, Abraham Sung-Ho. Oh, That You Would Rend the Heavens and Come Down! The Eschatological Theology of Third Isaiah (Isaiah 56–66). Eugene: Pickwick, 2014. The Catholic Biblical Quarterly (forthcoming).

Review of Feasting in the Archaeology and Texts of the Bible and the Ancient Near East. Edited by Peter Altmann and Janling Fu. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2014. Bulletin for Biblical Research (forthcoming).

Review of Formation and Intertextuality in Isaiah 24–27. Edited by H. C. P. Kim and J. T. Hibbard. Atlanta: SBL, 2013. Review of Biblical Literature Oct 2014.

Review of Formation and Intertextuality in Isaiah 24–27 edited by H. C. P. Kim and J. T. Hibbard. Review of Biblical Literature (forthcoming).

Review of He Has Shown You What is Good: Old Testament Justice by H. G. M. Williamson. Trinity Journal 34 (2013): 89-90.

Review of Reading the Bible for All the Wrong Reasons by Russell Pregeant. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 55 (2012): 399-400.

Review of You Are My People: An Introduction to Prophetic Literature by Louis Stulman and Hyun Chul Paul Kim. Trinity Journal 33 (2012): 107-09.

Review of The Goodly Fellowship of the Prophets: The Achievement of Association in Canon Formation by Christopher Seitz. Trinity Journal 31 (2010): 293–294.

Review of An Unsettling God: The Heart of the Hebrew Bible by Walter Brueggemann. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 53/4 (2010): 806–807.

Presentations and Guest Lectures

Participant in the Young Scholars Summit (June 2015), sponsored by IBR and IRLBL, at Tyndale House in Cambridge on the topic: What Makes a Psalm “Messianic”?

“Reading Isaiah Responsively: The Centrality of Responding to God’s Word in Isaiah’s Introduction and Conclusion,” a paper read at SBL Central States Regional Meeting, March 2015.

“Dining and Diversity in Isaiah,” a paper read at the SBL Midwest Regional Meeting (Bourbonnais, IL), February 2015.

“The Table and Reconciliation in Isaiah,” a contribution to the panel “Power and reconciliation at the Table” at The Tenth Annual Symposium in Human Needs and Global Resources (Wheaton College), February 2015.

“The Journey of and Advice from a Former TEDS Student on Research and Careers,” an invited lecture given to PhD students at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, March 2014.

“The Contribution of Eating to Isaiah 65-66 as a Conclusion to the Book” read at the SBL Annual Meeting (Baltimore) in the Formation of Isaiah unit, Nov 2013.

“God as Instructor in the Psalter” read at the ETS Annual Meeting (Baltimore) in the Psalms and Hebrew Poetry program unit, Nov 2013.

“Introduction” to ‘Your Kingdom Come’ in Isaiah to be presented at Ridley’s post-graduate seminar, October 2013.

“The Banquet at Zion (Isaiah 25:6-8) and Imperial Rhetoric in Isaiah 1-39” read at the SBL Annual Meeting (Chicago) in the Meals in the HB/OT consultation, November 2012.

 “Theological Patterning in Jeremiah: God’s Word to Future Generations” read at the ETS Annual Meeting (Milwaukee), November 2012.

“‘Right Paths’ and/or ‘Paths of Righteousness:’ Examining Psalm 23:3 in the Context of the Psalter” read at the ETS Annual Meeting (San Francisco), Nov 2011.

 “Eating, Assyrian Imperialism, and God’s Kingdom in Isaiah” read at Isaiah and Empire colloquium (Auckland), February 2011.

“Isaiah, Eating, and Anthropology: An Example of How Anthropology Can Help the Exegete” read at the ETS Annual Meeting (Atlanta), Nov 2010.

“The Future in Isaiah and Ethics Now” read at the ETS Annual Meeting (New Orleans), Nov 2009.

“Is the City Left Behind for Greener Pastures in Isaiah 32:9–20? The Contribution of Isaiah 32:19” read at the ETS Annual Meeting (Rhode Island), Nov 2008.

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